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Huawei to build Versatel's all-IP network across Germany

Huawei Technologies, a leader in providing next generation telecommunications network solutions for operators around the world, has today announced that it has been selected by Versatel, a German fixed network operator, to build its Internet Protocol (IP) and Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) nationwide networks.

Versatel, a leading fixed network operator in Germany, has embarked on a comprehensive reconstruction and upgrade of its current networks. With a brand new all-IP network, Versatel will be able to rapidly meet demand for the fast expanding new services, such as high-speed xDSL access and multi-media service, amongst others. Versatel has selected Huawei to implement a bearer network solution to fulfill these service requirements.
 
"As the third largest fixed network operator in Germany, Versatel is providing high quality and comprehensive telecom services to all customers. We are willing to build up strategic partnership with Huawei to fulfill our development demands," said Mr. Peer.Knauer, CEO of Versatel.
 
"Huawei owns advanced core technologies and rich experiences in current network application. We believe that this cooperation is sure to provide Versatel Next Generation Networks with powerful bearer networks, which will provide higher-quality service experience for our users," said Mr. Cheng Hai, COO of Versatel.
 
In this bearer network solution, Huawei's WDM series of products were chosen to build the next generation of high-speed WDM links for Versatel. The entire network will use adjustable Optical Transmit Units (OTUs) to provide services for users with quick responses in the future. Meanwhile, Huawei's Quidway NetEngine series of high end routers, known for their high reliability, great expandability, and powerful performance, will effectively improve the network performance to support more services in an economical way.
 
"Versatel is an important operator in Europe. Huawei is very glad to have this chance to work with Versatel,” said Mr. DingShaohua, senior VP of Huawei, “Huawei will share its in-depth understanding of bearer networks and its mature deployment experience with customers. Huawei will also apply its advanced products and professional services to create long-term value for Versatel."

Hutchison Whampoa announces the global launch of the X-Series from 3

Partnership with Skype, Sling Media, Yahoo!, Nokia, Google, eBay, Microsoft, Orb and Sony Ericsson

Hutchison Whampoa has today announced the global launch of the X-Series from 3. The X-Series is said to mark the beginning of the internet via mobile broadband, heralding 'a new way of doing business for mobile network operators'. It will extend several of the core applications and uses of the broadband internet to the mobile handset, with a new pricing model. The X-Series from 3 will be supported by the leading internet companies, cutting-edge handsets from the world's leading mobile manufacturers and premium customer service.

With the X-Series, customers will be able to make unlimited calls from their mobile using Skype, watch their home television via their mobile using Sling, access their home PC remotely using Orb and have access to the best of internet and messaging services from Yahoo!, Windows Live Messenger and Google.

The X-Series from 3 will be priced like fixed line broadband. It will offer use of mobile internet services free at the time of use, for a flat fee. The X-Series from 3 will be available in the UK from the 1st December 2006 and in 3's other markets around the world in early 2007. Each 3 company will provide further details as they launch X-Series in their markets.

Canning Fok, Group Managing Director of Hutchison Whampoa, said: "This is the internet as it was meant to be and what people have been waiting for. Mobile broadband is the natural next step for mobile services, extending the full power of the internet to mobile handsets. By partnering with the leaders of the internet and the leading handset makers, the X-Series from 3 will give everyone access to more of what they want, when they want it, and however much of it they want, all free when they use it."

Frank Sixt, Group Finance Director of Hutchison Whampoa, said: "We believe that giving our customers the benefit of the favourable economics of the broadband world will lead more customers to join our network. That is the proposition the 3 Group will be putting forward in all of its markets under the X-Series. This is why we created 3, and what our network was designed to deliver. The X-Series heralds important changes in the business model for mobile media and internet. Moving away from unit charges will set mobile users free to enjoy broadband services without fear of 'bill-shock'."

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EuroConnXion signs Telstra Europe for UK invoice delivery

EuroConnXion, the seamless multi-channel document delivery company, is pleased to announce that Telstra Europe, one of UK's leading alternative business telephony and internet suppliers, is to implement EuroConnXion's document delivery software to produce and manage the invoicing for customers in the UK and Europe.

Drew Kelton, Managing Director of Telstra International (Telstra Corporation), commented: "Telstra prides itself on being able to deliver excellent levels of service to customers and the billing process is an integral part of this process.  The EuroConnXion solution will further improve our billing systems, enhance the customer experience and also deliver cost benefits for Telstra Europe."
 
EuroConnXion provides businesses with hosted and enterprise software solutions that automatically produce and deliver documents and data - such as invoices and statements - by mail, email, fax, SMS, or data interchange to a client's customer-base according to each customer's individual preference.  It is believed to be the only off-the-shelf solution that is able to integrate postal and electronic delivery of documents within a single system in this way.
 
For businesses posting in the order of 20,000 documents a month, EuroConnXion's software solutions have been demonstrated to reduce a company's billing and document delivery costs in excess of 50%.

Nokia wins hosted Push to Talk contract with Mobitel Slovenia

Nokia and Mobitel Slovenia have signed a contract for Nokia's hosted Push to talk over Cellular (PoC) and Presence services. Nokia will integrate and host commercial, OMA (Open Mobile Alliance) compliant services for Mobitel Slovenia, thus enabling the operator to roll out the solution more quickly and with a reduced investment. Mobitel Slovenia officially launches the services commercially today (November 15).

Push to talk service will enable Mobitel Slovenia's customers to communicate with groups or individuals at a simple push of a button, with no need to dial numbers. Nokia Presence solution adds a whole new dimension to push to talk by letting users check before making a PoC call whether the person they are calling is available and willing to communicate. Services' compliance with the OMA standard enables full interoperability with OMA-compliant terminals and networks from other vendors as well.

"Nokia's cost-efficient and high-quality hosted solution enables us to extend our portfolio of advanced business and consumer services in the Slovenian market," says Mitja Stular, PhD, Director of Technology Department, Mobitel Slovenia. "Nokia is our vendor of choice for hosting, because not only do they have a strong track record in providing end-to-end solutions and OMA-compliant push to talk solutions, but the quality of the service during our trial proved Nokia's capability to deliver and run a technically sound solution."

"Nokia Mobility Hosting allows operators to bring the new services to market faster and with lower risk as hosting requires lower investment than a conventional service launch," says Patrik Sallner, Head of Hosting Service Line, Networks, Nokia. "We are delighted to support Mobitel Slovenia in expanding their market opportunities with these new services."

The hosted PoC and Presence service trial with Mobitel Slovenia and the following deal mark Nokia's Networks business group an entry to the Slovenian market. The hosting and integration services will be provided from Nokia's recently launched hosting center in Austria.

3 Scandinavia offers HSDPA 3.6 services with Option's Globetrotter GT MAX

Option N.V., the wireless technology company, has announced that 3 Scandinavia has launched the GlobeTrotter GT MAX "7.2 Ready". GT MAX, now shipping in volume to 3 Scandinavia, is being marketed locally in Sweden and Denmark under the 3 brand.

The GT MAX enables 3's customers to access a new generation of mobile services, including mobile broadband, mobile video and mobile music at speeds more than 50 times faster than dial-up and up to five times faster than other 3G networks. With average download speeds over 3's Turbo3G network of 1-1.5 Mbps, and peak rates of up to 3.6 Mbps, the GT MAX also allows 3 Scandinavia to offer an alternative to fixed broadband for the smaller enterprise and household consumer markets...

The GlobeTrotter GT MAX "7.2 Ready" is a future-proof product being compatible with mobile network infrastructure equipment that supports HSPA download data rates of up to 7.2 Mbps. This means existing GT MAX "7.2 Ready" users will not need to replace their data cards when 3 Scandinavia start upgrading its network to 7.2 Mbps HSPA early next year.

Jan Callewaert, CEO of Option said: "The flexibility and versatility of wireless broadband combined with Option's advanced technology, including tri-band HSDPA, Receive Diversity and "7.2 Ready", are enabling 3 Scandinavia to target new mobile and fixed customer segments now without compromising their infrastructure evolution strategy."

Backward compatibility ensures HSDPA connections at data rates up to 3.6 Mbps or 1.8 Mbps depending on the upgrade status of the network locally. The wireless data card also has inherent support for 3G operation at 384 kbps as well as quad-band EDGE and GPRS.

Option's Advanced Radio Technology (ART) and unique flip-out antenna design differentiates the GlobeTrotter GT MAX "7.2 Ready" from other HSDPA devices. Featuring the combination of Receive Diversity and Receive Equalization in the card design, the dual antennae and dual receive chain greatly enhances signal reception and reduces the impact of spatial variations (fading) in signal strength. Receive Equalization, on the other hand, improves immunity to interference of the radio signal. For the network operator, mobile receive diversity reduces the power required in the base station and potentially increases by up to a factor of two the resultant network capacity.

In usage scenarios tested during GT MAX field trials, ART improved Internet connection speeds by more than 50% compared with non-ART devices giving greater connection stability and higher data throughput vastly improving the overall user experience.

European Commission approves the formation of Nokia Siemens Networks

Unconditional clearance given

The European Commission has announced that it has approved the planned transaction to merge the Networks Business Group of Nokia and the carrier-related operations of Siemens into a new company, to be called Nokia Siemens Networks. According to the Commission's assessment, the transaction would not restrict effective competition in the relevant markets of mobile and fixed telecom networks and services.

CEO designate of Nokia Siemens Networks, Simon Beresford-Wylie, welcomed the decision, saying it was an important step towards full regulatory approval and good news for customers. "We believe this decision by the European Commission is a key milestone in obtaining all the relevant approvals for the transaction. While there are notifications still pending in some countries, based on this decision we are optimistic that the merger can be closed within the timetable anticipated by both parties."
 
Beresford-Wylie also reiterated the benefits and strengths of the new company, saying: "Nokia Siemens Networks will have the scale and broad product portfolio necessary to compete globally and create value for shareholders. We will be well-positioned to help our customers meet the challenges of lowering costs, growing revenue, and seizing the opportunities presented by converging technology."
 
On June 19, 2006, Nokia and Siemens announced plans to combine Nokia's Networks business group and Siemens' carrier-related operations for fixed and mobile networks to form a new company called Nokia Siemens Networks. The new company, with 2005 calendar year pro forma revenues of EUR 15.8 billion, is uniquely positioned to deliver compelling customer benefits with a comprehensive portfolio of products and solutions for the converging telecommunications market. Nokia and Siemens continue to expect that the operations of the new company will start in January 2007.

Ericsson and Napster sign agreement for Napster Mobile with TMN Portugal

Ericsson and Napster  announced an agreement with Portuguese operator TMN for the music service Napster Mobile.

Napster Mobile gives TMN Portugal's subscribers access to more than 2 million full-length tracks from the Napster catalogue in the palms of their hands. They will also have access to Ericsson-aggregated personalization content.
 
Zeinal Bava, President of TMN Portugal, says: "Napster Mobile - with the well-known Napster brand - is an attractive offering that we are pleased to include in our portfolio. Ericsson offered us an easy, cost-efficient and quick way to launch the service through its hosted offering, which we think is a good business model for us."
 
Napster Mobile allows TMN's subscribers to search, browse, preview and purchase the content of their choice via their WAP or Java-enabled phones. Other features include a recommendation engine, which suggests content based upon each individual's taste, and dual delivery, which makes sure that - when content is purchased on the phone - a copy is sent to the customer's PC.
 
Hans-Erhard Reiter, President, Ericsson Portugal, says: "Napster Mobile was co-developed by Ericsson and Napster, leveraging Napster's immense catalogue of more than 2 million full-length tracks and Ericsson's mobile music platform and personalization content. It's a great offer for operators and we're glad to have TMN on board."
 
Hosting means Ericsson will integrate and manage the round-the-clock operations of the service for TMN under a managed service agreement. The hosting business model allows operators to launch attractive new services easily and cost-efficiently, with short time-to-market.

TV Cabo selects cVidya to provide data integrity solution

cVidya Networks, a global leader of Telecom Data Integrity and Revenue Assurance Systems, has announced today it has been chosen by the leading Portuguese Pay-TV Operator, TV Cabo, for the provision of a data integrity solution based on its MoneyMap product.

The agreement between cVidya and TV Cabo, a subsidiary of PT Multimedia and Portugal’s leading cable and satellite operator with over 1.4 million customers, is said to be a major step for cVidya's business with the Portugal Telecom Group. 
 
The data integrity solution deployment, lead by Filipe Monteiro, cVidya’s Regional Director for Southern Europe, is based on MoneyMap – cVidya's revenue assurance product.  The deployment of MoneyMap will develop into a full revenue assurance solution for TV Cabo, expanding cVidya's business in Portugal and with cable companies throughout Europe.
 
"MoneyMap came out as a tool that allowed quick implementation and easy analysis of data ensuring a quick return on the investment”, says Pedro Sardo, responsible for IT Department, at TV Cabo.
          
“cVidya's agreement with TV Cabo is strategically important to us as it enhances our presence in the Portuguese market, where we had to compete with local providers. This demonstrates that cVidya’s product-based approach, combined with the flexibility of MoneyMap and the dedication of our staff, is a winning combination.  This deal further establishes our position as a leader in Revenue Assurance in Europe," says Alon Aginsky, CEO of cVidya. 
 
cVidya’s MoneyMap Data Integrity and Revenue Assurance solution enables operators to correlate and consolidate information from all network operations and business systems. Through an ongoing process, it automatically detects problem areas in which profit margins are decreasing as a result of revenue leakage or inefficient resource use, which - beyond the immediate loss of revenues - may lead to potential customer retention trouble spots. Once MoneyMap identifies the areas of revenue leakage and resource inefficiency, operators can promptly correct and manage the problems to achieve profit maximization.